Crane Falls and Collapses
Construction sites can be dangerous places if adequate care is not taken and proper safety measures not imposed. The law puts a responsibility on contractors and managers to ensure that the best safety practices are maintained in order to avoid injury to workers.
Cranes are large, heavy pieces of construction equipment. They can pose significant danger to every person on the construction site if they are not maintained properly or used according to specifications. Where they fail due to poor use or maintenance, the contractors, managers and in some cases, even the manufacturer of the cranes may be liable.
If you have been injured in a crane fall or collapse in Houston, you may be entitled to file a lawsuit for any injuries you suffer as a result of the fall or collapse. The law recognizes your right to a safe work environment and if your employer fails to provide this, you can sue them in civil court.
Liability of Contractors, Managers, and Manufacturers
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) provides standards that all employers of labor must implement in order to increase workplace safety. Failure to abide by these standards can ground a claim for compensation by any injured worker.
Your employers owe you a duty to ensure your safety at work. They are not allowed to impair your safety simply for the purpose of ensuring that a job gets done. The law compels them to consider your safety first before the job. If your employer insists that you work in unsafe conditions just so the job can get done, you would have a right of action against them in the event of any injury to your person.
Where construction equipment like cranes have failed, your employers and even the manufacturer may be held liable. Your employer may be liable if there were instructions to continue work with the crane in breach of OSHA standards or company policies. Such instructions amount to endangerment and give you a claim against your employer.
If the crane was not manufactured in line with industry safety specifications, you could also maintain an action against the manufacturer. Cranes are very heavy, and even the slightest failure due to poor safety controls may lead to devastating results. Their liability is thus strict.
Compensation for Injuries from Crane Falls and Collapses
Crane falls and collapses involve quite a bit of danger for workers in and around the crane. Crane failures can lead to serious injury and even death. Over the past decade, there have been between 60 to 80 crane-related fatalities each year.
Injuries from these incidents can result from falls, being struck by falling objects, or even being caught under the falling objects. These incidents can cause injuries that include:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal injuries
- Broken bones and fractures
- Damage to discs, tendons, joints, muscles, tissues, and ligaments
- Amputation of crushed limbs
Have Questions? Speak to a Crane Accident Injury Attorney in Houston
If you suffered an injury in a crane-related incident, you may be entitled to pursue financial restitution for incurred and future medical expenses, loss of wages, loss of earning capacity, past and future physical impairment, physical pain, and mental anguish. The Houston personal injury lawyers at Michael P. Fleming & Associates are ready and able to help. Contact their offices today to schedule a free case review.